Design for the Czech Republic’s first high-speed rail station has been revealed

The station in Central Bohemia will be on the routes from Prague to Brno and to Hradec Králové.

Raymond Johnston

Written by Raymond Johnston
Published on 12.01.2021 12:38 (updated on 12.01.2021)

The design of a high-speed railway station near Prague has been unveiled. The Prague East (Praha východ) station will serve rail as a transfer point for routes from Prague to Brno and Prague to Hradec Králové, as well as to regional buses. This will be the first high-speed rail station in the Czech Republic.

The planned station, which will be in the town of Nehvizdy, will mainly serve the inhabitants of the northeastern part of the Central Bohemia region and the adjacent areas of the capital. The purpose of building this peripheral station is primarily to enable residents living in the area to take advantage of high-speed rail transport without the need to drive to the center of the Prague, the Railway Administration (SŽ) said in a press release.

The SŽ selected the winner from a total of 21 proposals from Czech and foreign architectural offices. The winning design was by Jiří Opočenský and Štěpán Valouch.

“From the beginning of September to the end of November last year, the architects, in cooperation with urban planners and transport engineers, had the opportunity to design the exact location and external and internal design of the new high-speed railway station on the Prague border, including parking spaces for 3,000 cars and connections to regional bus transport,” the SŽ stated.

The proposals were evaluated by a jury of six independent architects, two representatives of the Railway Administration and the mayor of Nehvizdy, where new station will be built.

SŽ General Director Jiří Svoboda presented the winning designs on Twitter, and added that the preparation of the first sections of the high speed rail lines were continuing intensively.

The second place went to a design by the team of Radek Lampa, Libor Hrdoušek, Max Petricov, Daria Vlasova, Erik Sovet, and Daniil Solovev. The third place was taken by a proposal from the Polish company SBS Engineering Group, designed by architect Maher Matar. In addition, the jury praised the other two proposals for their originality and quality.

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“According to foreign experience, it can be expected that the Prague East station will become an impetus for the development of the surrounding area. Therefore, the architectural competition also had a second, urban part, in which the competition teams developed the wider surroundings of the station,” the SŽ stated.

The proposals examined several possible approaches, from relatively dense urban-type development to the open countryside, as well as the gradual transformation from the station in the open countryside to the center of the new city.

Visualization of the Prague East station. (image: SŽ)
Visualization of the Prague East station. (image: SŽ)

“The discussion on the integration of the new station would not be possible without so many different perspectives and will certainly continue at the level of the region and surrounding municipalities. The Railway Administration will present all submitted proposals in the form of an online exhibition,” the SŽ added.

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Nehvizdy Mayor Jiří Poběrežský said he was pleased with the outcome.

“On the visualizations you can see what the first-of-its-kind railway station in the Czech Republic will look like. Of course, everyone has different ideas, different tastes, but I believe that you will appreciate its appearance,” he said on the town’s website and on social media.

“I can say for myself that I very much appreciated the professionalism of the experts in choosing the final form of the terminal and that I extremely appreciated that everyone accepted the view of Nehvizdy, which I was able to promote as one of the jurors in the competition,” he added.

Once conditions allow, there will be a public discussion with the architects and SŽ about the terminal.

The railway terminal will offer connections for regular commutes to the center of Prague with a travel time of around 15 minutes. There will also be high-speed connections to Brno, Jihlava, Ostrava, Hradec Králové, Pardubice, Ústí nad Labem, Dresden, and Vienna.

SŽ estimates the total investment in the station in Nehvizdy at CZK 780 million. Trains could run on at speeds of up to 300 km / h. Implementation is expected to begin around 2025.